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  Crusader Kings III in Numbers: 18 Million Murders, 4 Million Betrothals, 1 Cannibalized Pope
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

STOCKHOLM – September 29, 2020 – Since launching on September 1, would-be monarchs across the land have flocked to Crusader Kings III, Paradox Interactive’s critically-acclaimed grand strategy role-playing title. To celebrate the game’s popularity, Paradox has today shared a number of marvelous and mischievous accomplishments players have achieved to-date. The publisher has also released a patch fit for a King, bringing a veritable army of updates and fixes to the game.

Crusader Kings III players have taken their thrones and begun cultivating royal bloodlines strong enough to lead armies, cunning enough to withstand the most devious of schemes, and charismatic enough to shape culture and religion. Many, however, have also failed spectacularly.

Lords and Ladies of the realm have spent over 25 million hours playing Crusader Kings III to date, equaling more than 2,800 years of in-game playtime. Within those hours, there have been:


  • 40,591,268 children born
  • 18,212,157 successful murder schemes executed
  • 4,364,279 betrothals
  • 1,543,790 prisoners cannibalized
  • Including at least one Pope...
  • 1,451,427 holy wars started
  • 716,369 stress breaks
  • 370,305 pets petted
  • 141,597 universities founded
  • 122,364 escapes from prison
  • 29,454 Roman Empires restored

Patch 1.1 improves Crusader Kings III with hundreds of updates and fixes. Highlights include:


  • A host of bug fixes, including changes to character interactions and succession rules.
  • Corrections to the historical setup in many regions.
  • Key balance changes to many parts of the game, including succession rules, nation formation, and military management.
  • User interface tweaks including new siege views, a bookmark screen, and a general makeover.
  • Tougher Mongol invasions.
  • Improved AI decision making.
  • New abilities for modders.

For full details, please see the patch notes here.

Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio would like to thank players around the world for making Crusader Kings III one of the most exciting launches in Paradox history. Please keep sharing your stories of royal lineage management success...and failure!

Crusader Kings III is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99/ £41.99/ €49.99 on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.

Paradox Interactive is a leading global publisher of strategy games for PC and console. The company has developed and published a world-renowned catalog stretching back to 1999, with players hailing from all around the world.

The publisher’s steadily-growing portfolio includes firmly established franchises such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, and Stellaris series created by Paradox Development Studio, the Age of Wonders series created by Triumph Studios, as well as award-winning titles such as Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, and more from a network of partner studios. Paradox is the owner of the World of Darkness IPs and is publishing Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Today, over four million people play a Paradox game each month, and the number of registered Paradox users is over twelve million.

Paradox’s head offices are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Our development studios are located in Stockholm, Malmö and Umeå, Sweden, in Delft, The Netherlands, in Seattle, Washington, and in Berkeley, California. We share a passion for gaming and gamers, and our goal is to provide deep and challenging games with hours of gameplay and endless variety to our ever-growing community.

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